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20 Questions to Ask Yourself to Get Out of Burnout

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20 Questions to Ask to Get Out of BurnoutGetting clarity around why we are experiencing burnout and what to do will bring hope and renewal to move forward. Below are 20 questions you can ask yourself and discuss with a trusted person to help you get that clarity which leads to renewal.

These questions have helped me in my own experiences with burnout (you can read about that here and here)  as well as, the leaders I coach.  Spend some time thinking, praying and journaling as you answer each question.

You will consider 4 areas of life: physical, relational, career and spiritual. Think in terms of the last month.  Ask God to give you clarity, hope and peace.

  1. Physical: On a scale of 1-10, how would I rate my overall physical health (diet, sleep, exercise, habits)?  What is one thing I could do to increase that number?
  2. Physical: What has the quality of my sleep been the last month? What is one thing I could do to get better and more sleep?
  3. Physical: What is my pattern of healthy eating? What is one thing I could do to eat in a healthy way?
  4. Physical: What is the frequency of getting exercise? What is one thing I could do to get consistent exercise?
  5. Physical: What habits are negatively affecting my physical health?  What is one thing I could decrease or eliminate to regain health?
  6. Relational: On a scale of 1-10, how would I rate my overall relational health?  What is one thing I could do to increase that number?
  7. Relational: What relational conflicts are not forgiven or resolved? What is one way I could forgive and be reconciled with the person I am in conflict with?
  8. Relational: What is the level of emotional and physical intimacy with my wife?  What is one thing I could do to increase the intimacy?
  9. Relational: Who are the energy drainer people in my life?  What is one thing I could do to avoid those type of people?
  10. Career: On a scale of 1-10, how would I rate my overall career satisfaction?  What is one thing I could do to increase that number?
  11. Career: On a scale of 1-10, how much of my current job responsibilities fit my gifts, training and calling?  What is one thing I could do to increase that number?
  12. Career: What financial pressures are causing stress and relational pressure?  What is one thing I can do to change this?
  13. Career: What expectations do I have on myself or that others have for me which are not realistic?  What is one thing I can do to clarify expectations?
  14. Spiritual: On a scale of 1-10, how would I rate my enjoyment of God?  What is one thing I could do to increase intimacy with God?
  15. Spiritual: What have I been worried and anxious about for more than a month?  What is one thing I could do to cast this burden to the Lord?
  16. Spiritual: What idols have I been pursuing as a replacement for God (power, approval, comfort, control, security, significance)?  What is one idol I will repent-believe-obey about?
  17. Spiritual: Who is a trusted friend I can authentically share my heart with about my burnout?
  18. Of all these areas, what is the one action step which would allow me to make progress towards health, balance and energy?
  19. What would be the benefits of me working with a Christian Professional Certified Coach for a season to be renewed from burnout?
  20. When I am no longer in a place of acute or chronic burnout, what can I do to avoid it in the future?

You may be interested in starting the burnout recovery process.  If you are interested in discussing what that would look like, sign up for a free consultation session.